The enterprising prowess of young businessmen and women was celebrated at a special awards night in Doncaster.
Dozens of youngsters from schools and colleges gathered at the Castle Park Conference Venue last Wednesday to be rewarded for their hard work in setting up their own businesses this academic year.
A total of seven awards were handed out to teams as part of the Young Enterprise Company Programme – a leading national educational programme which develops the business skills of young people.
Students from Sheffield High School took home the top prize of ‘Best Company’ for setting their own firm ‘Rewire’ which sold mobile phone accessories, such as headphones which don’t get tangled.
Rewire also won in the ‘Teamwork’, ‘Marketing Award’ and ‘Financial Management’ categories.
UCan Cook AR from Doncaster College were named as runners up in the top category and won the ’Innovation Award’.
Dearne Valley College students won the ‘Environmental Award’ and ‘Best Presentation’ for their company The Seasonal Sensations.
Emily Senior, learner involvement co-ordinator at Dearne Valley College, who worked with the students on the scheme, added: “We are extremely proud of our students for their achievements.
“They’ve come from a college background with no business knowledge and experience, to launching a successful, profitable enterprise which has already established a fantastic customer base, who provide repeat custom.
“The students have organised everything from the recipes for the products, to their budgets, booking out the college’s kitchen and the marketing of the business.”
Meryl White, chair of the Young Enterprise South Yorkshire Board, said: “Every year we are amazed by the standard of businesses set up and managed by these groups of young people.
“During the Company Programme they are given support and advice to help them get their businesses off the ground.
“We have been extremely impressed by the creative thought processes and the range of successful businesses that have been set up.
“Our huge thanks go to all the businesses and volunteers in South Yorkshire who have been involved with Young Enterprise and have given their time and financial support for the Young Enterprise programmes which inspire and enable young people to get a taste of entrepreneurship.”
Rewire will now compete in the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Final in Harrogate on June 16 to try and win a place in the national finals in London on July 2 against teams from all over the country.